Is Science Compatible with Free Will?
The world and the brain are governed to some extent by non-material agencies, and limited consciousness does not abolish free will and responsibility.
Antoine Suarez and Peter Adams (eds.), Is Science Compatible with Free Will?: Exploring Free Will and Consciousness in the Light of Quantum Physics and Neuroscience, Springer, 2013, 326pp.
Is Science Compatible with Our Desire for Freedom?
The book compiles the papers presented at STI's 2010 Experts Meeting "Is Science Compatible with Our Desire for Freedom?" and includes others specifically written for this volume.
There is a conflict between the daily life conviction that a human being has free will, and deterministic neuroscience. When faced with this conflict two alternative positions are possible: Either human freedom is an illusion, or deterministic neuroscience is not the last word on the brain and will eventually be superseded by a neuroscience that admits processes not completely determined by the past. This book investigates whether it is possible to have a science in which there is room for human freedom. The book generally concludes that the world and the brain are governed to some extent by non-material agencies, and limited consciousness does not abolish free will and responsibility.
The authors present perspectives coming from different disciplines (Neuroscience, Quantum Physics and Philosophy) and range from those focusing on the scientific background, to those highlighting rather more a philosophical analysis. However, all chapters share a common characteristic: they take current scientific observations and data as a basis from which to draw philosophical implications. It is these features that make this volume unique, an exceptional interdisciplinary approach combining scientific strength and philosophical profundity.
Antonio Acín - The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)
True Quantum Randomness
Nicolas Gisin - Université de Genève
Are There Quantum Effects Coming from Outside Space-time? Nonlocality, Free Will and ”No Many-Worlds”
Gilles Brassard - Université de Montréal (with Paul Raymond-Robichaud)
Can Free Will Emerge from Determinism in Quantum Theory?
Antoine Suarez - Center for Quantum Philosophy
Free Will and Nonlocality at Detection as Basic Principles of Quantum Physics
Zeeya Merali - Freelance Science Writer
Are Humans the Only Free Agents in the Universe?
Martin Heisenberg - University of Würzburg
The Origin of Freedom in the Animal Behavior
Flavio Keller - Università Campus Bio-Medico Di Roma
The Role of Inhibitory Control of Reflex Mechanisms in Voluntary Behavior
Leonardo Fogassi (& Giacomo Rizzolatti) - University of Parma
The Mirror Mechanism as Neurophysiological Basis for Action and Intention Understanding
Sara L. González Andino - Université de Genève
On the Quest for Consciousness in Vegetative State Patients Through Electrical Neuroimaging
On the Irreducibility of Consciousness and its Relevance to Free Will
José Manuel Giménez Amaya - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
On Habit Learning in Neuroscience and Free Will
Alfred Mele - Florida State University
Free Will and Neuroscience: Revisiting Libet's Studies
Jean Staune - Université Interdisciplinaire de Paris
Towards a Non-physical Realism
Luís Cabral - IESE Business School
Are Economics Laws Compatible with Free Will?
Robert Doyle - Harvard University
The Two-Stage Model to the Problem of Free Will
Robert Kane - University of Texas
Can a Traditional Libertarian or Incompatibilist Free Will Be Reconciled With Modern Science? Steps Toward a Positive Answer
Peter Adams – Thomas More Institute – and Antoine Suarez - Center for Quantum Philosophy
Exploring Free Will and Consciousness in the Light of Quantum Physics and Neuroscience.